MIDDAY UPDATE: Police arrest Dallas Cowboy Jay Ratliff
COWBOY ARRESTED AFTER ACCIDENT
Grapevine Police say Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jay Ratliff had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit the night he was arrested after a car accident. Police today said Ratliff's blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.16 percent. Texas' drunken-driving standard is 0.08 percent. Ratliff was arrested last week after a late-night accident in Grapevine, about 20 miles northwest of Dallas. Ratliff's pickup truck sideswiped a semitrailer truck. Police say he later failed a field sobriety test. He is accused of driving while intoxicated.
IMMIGRATION LAW OVERHAUL
A bipartisan group of leading senators has reached agreement on the principles for a sweeping overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, including a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in this country. The deal, to be announced at a news conference later today, also covers border security, non-citizen or "guest" workers and employer verification of immigration status. Although thorny details remain to be negotiated and success is far from certain, the development heralds the start of what could be the most significant effort in years toward overhauling the nation's inefficient patchwork of immigration laws.
SUPER BOWL CONTEST
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TYPERPAPER.COM PHOTO GALLERIES
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The weather forecast for the remainder of today from the Tyler Morning Telegraph mobile app for iPhone, iPad and android is for a slight chance of showers this evening with a low in the mid 60s. Showers are more likely tomorrow, with a high again in the mid 70s.
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